Michael Gianaris

Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City
News Op-Ed 3/09/2014 at 2:12PM

Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

Op-ed: We cannot forget the Philippines
News Op-Ed 12/18/2013 at 12:59PM

Just over a month ago, the strongest storm ever recorded crashed into the coast of the Philippines. Wreaking devastation over large swaths of Southeast Asia, Typhoon Haiyan has affected over 12 million people in the region and claimed thousands of lives. Even today, the death toll continues to rise.

U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
Politics Queens Courier Staff 4/25/2013 at 8:56AM

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, [...]

Cuomo budget has $21 billion for Sandy relief
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/23/2013 at 2:25PM

Sandy, education and economic development were top priorities in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget, but despite the unexpected costs from the storm, the proposed plan eliminates a $1.3 billion gap with no new taxes or fees. “By making difficult decisions over the past two years we have brought stability, predictability, and common sense to the [...]

Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses
Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/18/2013 at 4:10PM

The top has come off for one Astoria bikini bar. Slinking under the guise of a regular lounge, Queen of Hearts’ thinly-veiled attempt to renew its liquor license, without alerting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that it’s gone nearly-naked, has local leaders drafting legislation to expose them and similarly shady businesses. Initiated by Assemblymember Aravella [...]

Courier hosts Power Breakfast on future of LIC’s tech boom
Courier hosts Power Breakfast on future of LIC’s tech boom
Networking Events Terence M. Cullen 10/12/2012 at 10:16AM

Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), made clear that as business sectors based in the city move forward, technology will become more crucial. “As we like to say at EDC: whereas in the past the technology industry was a sector; increasingly, today, the economy itself is the tech sector.” [...]

Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
News Alexa Altman 10/01/2012 at 3:20PM

Residents are worried that an uncovered bid for an Astoria bikini bar may be a scantily-clad plan to wiggle a strip club into their neighborhood. Racks, the club located at 19-26 Steinway Street, was recently leased to a company called 8G Inc. Formerly a billiard parlor, the establishment sits just half a block from homes, [...]

Op-Ed: Sensible gun laws would make our streets safer
News Queens Courier Staff 8/28/2012 at 5:02PM

BY SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS Recent horrific acts of gun violence should lead us all to say “enough is enough.” It is long past time to improve our gun laws and make our streets safer. Almost every day, we hear about another senseless attack in New York City, where the number of shootings over the last [...]